Wayne L. Link, 91, of Wyndmere, ND, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND, from Covid-19. Visitation for Wayne and his wife Germaine will be Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM followed by their funeral mass 11:00 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Wyndmere, ND. Livestream of their service will be available through our website at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Wyndmere. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton, ND.
Wayne was born December 2, 1928, the son of Nick and Lauretta (Besch) Link. He grew up in Mooreton, ND and graduated from Wahpeton High School in 1947. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. Wayne married Germaine Kelly on June 30, 1954; they made their home in Wyndmere where they raised their five children.
He owned and managed Kelly Inc., an auto and implement dealership, with his father-in-law. He was part owner of Wyndmere Grain and Fertilizer and farmed in the area throughout his life. He finished with his favorite job of all, being a bison rancher, owning Wild Rice Bison Ranch.
He was a member of the Wyndmere American Legion Brown-Nelson Post #153. He served on the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church board and building committee, served as President of the Wyndmere School Board, and was a member of the ND Bison Association.
Wayne passed away three days prior to his wife Germaine of 65 years passing. He is also survived by his children, Scott (Mary) Link, Wyndmere, Patrick (Velvet) Link, Fergus Falls, MN, Marsha (Mike) Nygaard, Fargo, ND and Jennifer Link, Fargo; eight grandchildren, Matt, Rachel, Steven, David Annie, Jonathan, Joe and Jared; 3 great-grandchildren; brother, Charles (Vonnie) Link, Kennesaw, GA; sisters, Diane Springer and Judy (Jim) Hintgen, both of Lake Forest, CA; sisters-in-law, Norma Jean Link and Jeannie Link; and son-in-law, Jerry Davis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James and Richard; his daughter, Mary Davis; and infant daughter Veronica.
Memorials are preferred to Wyndmere American Legion and St. John’s the Baptist Church, Wyndmere.